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Brindle
09-07-2014, 11:54 PM
I purchased an A4 size Moleskine watercolor journal (because I need another sketchbook like I need another hole in my head!) and decided to dedicate it to sketches done on roadtrips...whether short or long. My inaugural sketches in this book were done during a 5-day stay at Douthat State Park in Virginia. Work is primarily in watercolor, with some ink and gouache as well. All was from direct observation. Enjoy!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-RoadTripsVol1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip01.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip02.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip05.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip06.jpg

Continued next post...

Brindle
09-07-2014, 11:57 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip07.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip08.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2014/247271-2014DouthatTrip09.jpg

Oh, I used watercolor pencils and water-soluble colored graphite pencils in a few places, too.

I always think I'm going to get more sketching done than I actually normally do on trips but this time I made it a priority and feel pretty happy with how many pages I got filled.

Yorky
09-08-2014, 02:26 AM
A super start to your journal Carole.

Doug

zoodlemaker
09-08-2014, 06:07 AM
Thanks for sharing this, really nicely done and gives me some sketchbook ideas!

vhere
09-08-2014, 09:45 AM
lovely!!

jp_li
09-08-2014, 01:51 PM
great little journal. love the forest sketches from the picnic table and the lakeside.

My journals usually end up as little sketches more than journals with notes and such.

It's nice to see the personal things like stories about your dog not drinking the water.

jp

DrDebby
09-08-2014, 02:31 PM
This is gorgeous. Love the notes and pictures.

Finvarra
09-12-2014, 03:04 PM
Absolutely delightful journal.
Cheers
Lesley

SuziFoster
09-13-2014, 02:07 PM
I love your journal! Beautifully done. I live in Iowa, and I am getting ready to take a trip by car to North Carolina and Florida, so I have made a special journal for the trip.

robertsloan2
09-13-2014, 10:39 PM
Carole, I love this! I always wanted to do travel journals like this and yours is so perfect. Everything so well painted and rendered, all texts gorgeous and no cross-outs, I'm just stunned.

Gorgeous landscapes. I love that first one of the trail, the path with sun and shadow is superb. That one is finite perfection. They're all good and your dog's portrait is charming, the stories about him amusing. Reminded me of my cat and the Deadly Attack Sparrow.

Wonderful journal. I hope you'll go on more trips!

Brindle
09-16-2014, 02:45 PM
Another little road trip today delivering portraits to a client at the farm where he was fly fishing. Spent some time sketching while there...perhaps an hour and 15 minutes. A beautiful day and a beautiful place!

This sketch is mostly watercolor with a small bit of water soluble color pencil here and there and a touch or two of white gouache on the rooftops.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2014/247271-image.jpg

Yorky
09-16-2014, 02:51 PM
Spectacular!

Doug

DrDebby
09-16-2014, 04:36 PM
Stunning landscape.

stefun
09-17-2014, 04:20 AM
Beautiful and amazing journal. Thanks for sharing it with us. It's inspiring.

Brindle
09-17-2014, 09:36 AM
Thank you all for your kind replies...I will keep adding images in this thread as I complete pages...I'll be at a retreat with my art group in mid-October which should fill quite a few pages!

Many of you have mentioned wanting to do a journal like this...no time to start like the present! If you're worried about "messing it up" then as a precursor I suggest you just do a daily journal where you give yourself 15 minutes to do a quick sketch and wash and some brief words. This is an exercise I teach in my watercolor journaling workshop and it's pretty amazing to see people realize they CAN produce pleasing simple pages in 15 minutes. From there, it's like anything else: observe, practice, analyze, adjust, repeat! Once you are comfortable and happy with that kind of thing, it should no longer be scary to work in a "more invested" theme journal such as this. Anyway if you really mess up a page, you can just glue a new piece of watercolor paper over the offending work and start afresh!

mkillough
09-17-2014, 01:54 PM
I am enjoying your Road Trips Journal very much. :clap:
Wonderful work!

Maryq

robertsloan2
09-19-2014, 02:16 PM
Another little road trip today delivering portraits to a client at the farm where he was fly fishing. Spent some time sketching while there...perhaps an hour and 15 minutes. A beautiful day and a beautiful place!

This sketch is mostly watercolor with a small bit of water soluble color pencil here and there and a touch or two of white gouache on the rooftops.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2014/247271-image.jpg

Beautiful farm scene! Thanks for the tips you wrote later on for would be journalers. I suffered through Many Bad Pages in my earlier ones but just took it in stride. Why get embarrassed? About halfway through my first largish Moleskine it started to even out and get to where it looked tolerable, from then on I got confidence. I broke it up with pages of color charts too, which kept me going back to mine if I needed to find the color chart.

Joy M.
10-20-2014, 08:57 PM
I love this! Beautiful and inspiring. I think I'll give your 15 min. sketch exercise a shot.

Joan T
10-21-2014, 10:17 AM
Carole, what a wonderful journal! Your sketches are gorgeous and I'm enjoying reading about your day's adventures and your description of the cabin. I agree with you about just getting started and doing a journal. Who cares if you mess up? Do the journal for yourself and the more you do it the better you will get.

Brindle
10-21-2014, 05:37 PM
My latest road trip was a retreat for a few days with my artists' group to Capon Springs, WV. The Fall color was stunning there but it rained every day so there wasn't much of a chance to paint outside. But our group had a big meeting room the whole time which served as a group studio, so I got a few pages done in my sketchbook.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2014/247271-10369969_10152318563481968_3757916373992321422_n.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2014/247271-10376143_10152318563411968_1151792811759809783_n.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2014/247271-10710815_10152318563541968_7028762401501784590_n.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2014/247271-1379290_10152318563306968_4162359390692759702_n.jpg

Yorky
10-21-2014, 05:58 PM
Absolutely delightful sketches Carole.

Doug

doug105
10-21-2014, 07:52 PM
Brilliant!!

Thanks for sharing!!

DougN

Joan T
10-22-2014, 10:07 AM
Wonderful sketches from your recent trip. I love the indoor still life paintings and arrangements which are a bit different from the ordinary ones. Well done! What size sketchbook are you working in and what brand?

Brindle
10-22-2014, 10:23 AM
Hi Joan,

I work in all size sketchbooks but this particular one is A4 size (roughly 8.5 x 11.5), bound on the short side so when it opens up for a spread, it's about two feet across! A bit large and I thought it would be unwieldy but it works fine when there is a table available or I can sit in a good chair with it in my lap. Would probably be a bit too big for a highly portable kit or if I had to mostly stand up sketch standing up or sitting on a wall or something. For that I'd prefer spiral bound so it could be folded over on itself and be easier to hold in one hand.

pezk
10-22-2014, 11:37 AM
Wonderful paintings of your travels. Thx for the info and advice about starting a journal.

DrDebby
10-22-2014, 03:56 PM
Delightful sketches of your weekend.